Advanced Lab Courses
Biology offers a number of advanced labs. These courses provide hands on training in practical and theoretical aspects of many basic and advanced tools and techniques used in research labs; they also help to develop critical thinking and problem solving, as well as excellent oral and written scientific communication skills. These are courses that most potential supervisors in MCIB (i.e. Molecular, Cell and Integrated Biology) and many in EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) research hope to see on your academic transcript. If you are considering applying for a lab volunteer or summer research (e.g. SWEP) position, a BIOL537 thesis project in your 4th year, and possibly continuing with graduate (MSc/PhD) studies and research then you should plan to take as many of the following courses as possible. They are often taken in year #3 of the BSc program, but some Biology undergrads have also completed them during year #2 and/or year #4 of their BSc.
BIOL 401/3.0 units Experimental Approaches to Animal Physiology
Normally offered in the fall term and focuses on experimental approaches to understanding the principles of animal physiology.
BIOL 402/3.0 units Experiments in Plant Physiology
Normally offered during the winter term this course focusses on mainly molecular biology (DNA/RNA) and biochemical (ENZ and protein) assays/techniques.
BIOL 403/3.0 units Experimental Techniques in Biology
Self‐directed and self‐selected hands‐on experimental techniques used in fundamental biology research, biotechnologies, and medical sciences.
BIOL 404/3.0 units Techniques in Molecular Biology
Intensive laboratory work (8h/day) to be carried out over two and a half weeks in May. Practical work includes DNA isolations, DNA cloning, PCR, production of proteins, biochemical and immunological analysis of proteins.
Please visit the course web pages for full details.